worship

verb
wor·​ship | \ ˈwər-shəp also ˈwȯr- How to pronounce worship (audio) \
worshipped also worshiped; worshipping also worshiping

Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to honor or show reverence for as a divine being or supernatural power
2 : to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion a celebrity worshipped by her fans

intransitive verb

: to perform or take part in worship or an act of worship

worship

noun

Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power also : an act of expressing such reverence
2 : a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
3 : extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem worship of the dollar
4 chiefly British : a person of importance used as a title for various officials (such as magistrates and some mayors)

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Other Words from worship

Verb

worshipper or less commonly worshiper noun

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Verb

revere, reverence, venerate, worship, adore mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling. a professor revered by her students reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring. reverenced the academy's code of honor venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age. heroes still venerated worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony. worships their memory adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment. we adored our doctor

Examples of worship in a Sentence

Verb Many ancient cultures worshipped the sun and moon. They worship at this temple. I worship God in my own way. Noun worship of gods and goddesses Worship services are held daily. the media's worship of celebrities
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All five worshipped the same deity as The One and as each other. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "The Legend of Six White Men of a Certain Age," 12 Feb. 2020 The Pharaohs worshiped crocodiles and used the Nile to transport the giant granite blocks for the Great Pyramid of Giza. Declan Walsh And Somini Sengupta Graphics By Jeremy White Photographs By Laura Boushnak, New York Times, "For Thousands of Years, Egypt Controlled the Nile. A New Dam Threatens That.," 9 Feb. 2020 The pharaohs worshiped crocodiles and used the Nile to transport the giant granite blocks for the Great Pyramid of Giza. Declan Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "For thousands of years, Egypt controlled the Nile. A new dam threatens that.," 9 Feb. 2020 Those inside worship the Mexican folklore legend Jesús Malverde, who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Fox News, "Where does Mexico really get its guns?," 2 Oct. 2019 My grandfather Stevie worshipped Winston Churchill, believed in free enterprise and a strong defense, hated communism. David Klion, The New Republic, "The Conscience of Bret Stephens," 24 Sep. 2019 The American Indian Religious Freedom Act, passed in 1978, should, as written, allow tribes to practice their religions by securing access to their sacred sites and objects, along with the ability to freely worship and practice ceremonies. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "America Has Never Cared About Sacred Sites," 8 Jan. 2020 There were, and remain, people in town who absolutely worshipped him. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "The Profane Originality of Robert Evans, Hollywood's Most Unapologetic Gatsby," 2 Nov. 2019 Her personality dominates the movie, and the movie worships her in return. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Jennifer Lopez Delivers a Career-High Performance in Hustlers," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My church’s rating on Facebook fell from five stars to three and half because of all the negative reviews written by Trump supporters who have never visited one of our worship gatherings. Robb Ryerse, Time, "I Questioned the Sincerity of Donald Trump's Pro-Life Stance. The Response From My Fellow Evangelicals Was Troubling," 12 Feb. 2020 That, plus the film retains Tarantino’s idiosyncrasies, from extreme gore to foot worship. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars 2020 Spotlight: The Directors," 6 Feb. 2020 Bethel Music is a Christian worship group from Bethel Church in Redding, California. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Here's your guide to 2020 music festivals in metro Phoenix, from Innings Fest to FORM," 6 Feb. 2020 Second-greatest is authoritarianism in regimes that are determined to suppress freedom of conscience, thought, speech, and worship. Doug Bandow, National Review, "A New Ranking of Nations Where Christians Are Persecuted Most," 28 Jan. 2020 Leeds Teaching Hospitals/Leeds Museums and Galleries In life, Nesyamun was an Egyptian priest who sang and chanted words of worship at the Karnak temple in Thebes. New York Times, "The Mummy Speaks! Hear Sounds From the Voice of an Ancient Egyptian Priest," 23 Jan. 2020 The campus would reopen later in the year, under the leadership of Jeremy Peters -- a 32-year-old pastor who had experience in developing community relationships and new worship styles. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "A church made headlines for allegedly asking older members to leave. But the reality is more complicated," 22 Jan. 2020 The service will feature remarks from religious and community leaders along with dance performances, music, praise and worship. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio honors Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with 33rd official march," 17 Jan. 2020 The new space will feature smaller classrooms equipped with better technology, a smaller worship area in addition to the main temple and a larger courtyard. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s historic Congregation Emanu-El to undergo $79 million renovation," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of worship

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for worship

Noun

Middle English worshipe worthiness, respect, reverence paid to a divine being, from Old English weorthscipe worthiness, respect, from weorth worthy, worth + -scipe -ship

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The first known use of worship was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Worship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worshipping. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for worship

worship

verb
How to pronounce worship (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to honor or respect (someone or something) as a god
: to show respect and love for God or for a god especially by praying, having religious services, etc.
: to love or honor (someone or something) very much or too much

worship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshipping God or a god
: excessive admiration for someone
British used as a title when addressing or referring to certain officials (such as mayors and magistrates) used with his, her, your, or their

worship

noun
wor·​ship | \ ˈwər-shəp How to pronounce worship (audio) \

Kids Definition of worship

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : deep respect toward God, a god, or a sacred object
2 : too much respect or admiration

worship

verb
worshipped also worshiped; worshipping also worshiping

Kids Definition of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to honor or respect as a divine being
2 : to regard with respect, honor, or devotion She worships her son.
3 : to take part in worship or an act of worship

Other Words from worship

worshipper or worshiper noun

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